Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.
Sooooo I said I would be posting about blues last week, but I got distracted. Why? I finally gotten a TV!!! I had a tv the size of I don't know a shoe box? Very small, I had to sit in front of it very closely if I wanted to watch anything. I borrowed this one from my mom so I could at least watch something, like the news if I wanted to.
Anyways now I finally got a decent TV 42 inch, HD, 3d and smart... So you can imagine that I spend most of my weekend trying it out! It is so pretty, I was kind of like a child with a brand new toy. So no blues post.
But today we are traveling back in time to meet some awesome blues artists of all time. And I know they have inspired many over the years.
1. Charley Patton ~ Shake It And Break It
Let start with the oldest artist, Charley Petton, born: unknown, died: 1934. The song I chose has a bit of a cheerful note, it raw and pure.
2. Robert Johnson ~ CrossroadsRobert Leroy Johnson, born: May 8, 1911 died: August 16, 1938. He is the second blues legend. One name I actually came across thanks to Supernatural, who dedicaded one episode to the Robert Johnson legend. Let me tell you why the creators of Supernatural choose Robert Johnson, here's the story from Wikipedia:
According to legend, as a young man living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Robert Johnson had a tremendous desire to become a great blues musician. He was instructed to take his guitar to a crossroad near Dockery Plantation at midnight. There he was met by a large black man (actually the Devil) who took the guitar and tuned it. The Devil played a few songs and then returned the guitar to Johnson, giving him mastery of the instrument. This was in effect, a deal with the Devil mirroring the legend of Faust. In exchange for his soul, Robert Johnson was able to create the blues for which he became famous.
3. Son House ~ Death Letter BluesBorn: March 1902 – died: October 19, 1988 I like this kind of blues, it is a little more rhytmic and not as dragging ast Robert Johnson and Charley Patton.
4. Booker "Bukka" White ~ Aberdeen Mississippi BluesBorn 1909, died 1977All together different from the above, still really good.
5. Howling Wolf ~ I'll Be Back SomedayBorn: 1910, died 1976. This is what blues is suppose to sound like. Hope you enjoy this as well.
6. Muddy Waters ~ Got My Mojo WorkinBorn: 1913, died 1976. Look what I found! The original Got My Mojo Workin' I used the cover by Kitty, Daisy, Lewis on various occasion here at Ice Cold Passion.
7. Sister Rosetta Tharpe ~ Up Above My HeadBorn: 1915, died 1973. I came across this by accident but I really, really like it! This sister, rocks! You might know her song "Down By The Riverside". I chose a different song, because she is terrific on guitar, and this song shows her skill much better.
8. John Lee Hooker ~ Boom! Boom! Boom!Born: 1917, died: 2001. Who doesn't know this song?
9. BB King ~ Rock Me BabyBorn 1925, died only recently in May this year (2015). Another legend has left this earth.
10. Stevie Ray Vaughan ~ Pride and JoyBorn 1954, died 1990. Did you know that he died in an helicopter crash, while on tour with Eric Clapton? They chrashed into a ski hill. I am ending this top 10 with one of my favorite song ever, Pride and Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Who is your favorite blues artist, alive or legend?
What's your favorite song?
What's your favorite song?
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